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>>> welcome to "this week in defense news." i'm vago muradian. after more than a decade after war, marine snipers in afghanistan say they need better weapons and ammunition. we talk to one reporter who is embedded with marine sharp shooters in action. but first over a career spanning more than 60 years few have earned a more formidable reputation as an analytical thinker than harold brown who was the nation's 14th defense secretary during the carter administration. a true prodigy he earned hi doctorate in physics from columbia university when he was just 21. he started his career at livermore lab in california and eventually moving to the pentagon where he became the director of defense research and engineering then air force secretary and eventually defense secretary. his ability to handle a staggering workload are legend including read and annotating 400 page briefing books overnight. during the career brown shaped fighters like the f-15 and f-16 that remain the air force's backbone fleet today. and championed jointness among the military serv before the failed iran hostage resc
might be. even as we reduce our defense budget, therefore we must maintain and would maintain a powerful navy, and that that navy would be charged with maintaining the freedom of those sea lanes. we had, of course, to be concerned as to whether there would be a challenge for that. we observed that the rise and shine has more energy needs for more energy than they can produce themselves, and to maintain the economic growth which they believe is essential. we observed that the south china sea is a potential source of energy supplies for china and that there is a contention among the nations in that region as to where the ownership and rights of access are to the south china sea. and this is conceivable that china might seek to reestablish its claim there by military coercion and that could lead them into a confrontation with the united states' desire to maintain free access. the best way of avoiding that military conflict is what we should see because the military conflict with china would be catastrophic for both nations, indeed for the whole region. so, we want to avoid that. i believe t
. it is mainly defense and training issues. it gets to the difference here between mr. affleck, the training of the second battalion until after there is a commitment from the congolese government to reform, versus dr. frazer's comments and mr. carafano's comments about focusing on the training. maybe it is the mission you think ought to be delayed current the other is the commitment to security reform. perhaps a good start by commenting, do you think we ought to move forward without a commitment to reform? mr. affleck, why is it important to you to have that reform first before moving forward? dr. frazer? >> i think we should move 4 right away. -- forward right away. the amount of time that it takes us to actually do a training mission, the lead time that is necessary, interagency work is necessary, it can be a very long time after the decision is made before we are actually doing that training mission. i do not think we should delay. i do not think it is a matter of policy, that we should use this issue, traded italian that can protect civilian lives -- we should not hold that up. -- creat
? >> i think it is important to realize that self-defense does not begin at the moment of conflict. there's self-defense that the society enables through regulations, through laws that have passed, through norms it tries to establish. and one of the big things that is missing from this debate, we can go back and forth and have a conversation about whether armed security would stop anything from happening, didn't help in columbine, but the bigger question is, we as a society, what does this say when you want to put more guns in your place of education, in your place where you send your 5, 6, 7-year-old children? is that the message, the sort of society that we want to be? or do we want to take self-defense before the moment of conflict? do we want to look at legislation? do we want to put policies in place that allow us to defend ourselves before we get to a point where we say, i wish that teacher had it. by the time we get to that point, it was too late. >> hailey, were your surprised by the press conference? >> i have been optimistic for the official statement all week, and i have to say
on his agenda. one being the next secretary of defense. did you expect to see chuck hagel of all people so embattled from both sides? >> well, yes, sort of. yourn, you know that john mccain hates the guy. you know, he -- and he didn't create a lot of friends toward the end of his time and throughout most of his time as a senator. because he didn't really tow the party line on policy. he broke with republicans on the iraq war. and so he oftentimes would give democrats a way of saying what they were doing was bipartisan and then had the sheen of the veblt of a guy like hagel so it's this guy that's been a thorn in their side the whole time. now here he is he might be elevated to secretary of defense. and you could see that's going to bother the same types of people that seem to be bothered by every other person that's floated by obama. and that's mccain and graham and those fellas. >> but we've heard about this mccain not liking or hating chuck hagel. what's that about? what's their history? from one maverick to another. >> exactly. there's only so much room in the senate for mavericks. y
of that goes to defense which are own admirals and generals have said and secretary of defense would be devastating. this comes on top of -- $50 billion in one year to the defense. and it doesn't touch at all medicare and the other entitlement programs. >> gregg: biggest drivers and cost and absolutely nothing has been done about those things? >> it's criminal. she is things are going to destroy us. we can live with higher taxes, you might not think it's the best idea on the rich. i think it's a way to go about it but we can't survive we are without adjusting our entitlement reform unless it is addressed. >> gregg: jamie weinstein, it's criminal -- i didn't take it that far but you do did. >> without a fiscal cliff teal the pentagon is bracing for $500 billion but that is over the next decade and raises questions how military leaders plan to keep the nation safe. >> last friday when president obama rolled out his new plan for steering us away from the fiscal cliff there was word he did not say, that word was, sequester, the sequester would automatically cut more than a hundred billio
. >> now state and defense department officials and actor and activist ben affleck testified at a hearing on violence in eastern congo where a rebel group has terrorized people. the m-23 rebels are defectors from the army and were recently able to overtake the city of goma despite a large u.n. security presence there. the house armed services committee hosts this hearing. this is three hours. i can't help but reflect on the millions of innocent people around the world who are caught in fundamentally unjust and socially complex situations. these situations can make anyone's heart break and naturally leads one to consider the simple question what can be done. one thing it sure makes me appreciate our country. i have heard that less than 2% of the people that have ever lived here on the earth have lived under the kind of freedoms that we enjoy. we are so blessed. and when we see how innocent lives are -- how people are hurt so much by some of the thing that is are happening around the world, it just again really makes me appreciate home. the question and likewise the answer becomes more comp
defense forces, military justice, and the police. we must work to develop a more professional forces that respect human rights and protect territorial integrity in population. the defense department has provided training to the congolese military, including training of a light infantry battalion in 2010. sexual and gender based violence prevention and training were incorporated in every aspect of this effort. in addition to the ongoing training, the defense department's as included logistics, exercise participation, basic military intelligence training, humanitarian assistance and he military action. moving forward, the defense department stands ready to work with our colleagues to determine the best way ahead including providing additional infantry training. the scale of need is significant. to date we have trained one battalion with 500 soldiers and military in numbers of approximately 150,000. the capacity for assistance is limited. the congolese defense ministry has been slow to respond to our request for a corporate training and information necessary for congressionally mandated
prepared a detailed plan for defense of saudi oil fields against the iraqis. general colin powell released this statement in part, with the passing of general norman schwarzkopf, america has lost a great patriot and soldier. he has served his country with distinguished patriot him for 35 years. general schwarzkopf could have died in tampa. he was 78 years old. harris: general schwarzkopf could have credited again with leading the u.s. to victory in the first gulf war. stay close. we'll be right back. harris: right now some crime headlines we're keeping an eye on. three police officers wounded in a shooting at a new jersey police station. it happened in gloucester. we're told the man who was in custody there was shot and killed and there is no danger now to the wider public. >>> the trial for craig's list murder suspect richard beasley is being delayed. it was supposed to start next week but has been put off until february so his newly hired attorneys can be put up to speed. he posted help wanted ads on craig's list and robbing and killing people when they responded. >>> a 17-month-old girl
served in the defense of our country to come back into their communities and to really be fully integrated and fully reintegrated into their communities. and i think that we all carry a sense of ownership and a sense of responsibility about that community. and no longer are military families isolated. and no longer should people who have served in the military only be either in military communities. we really have to embrace them as a national community: in our neighborhoods, in our schools, and, in that way, i think, we show our respect for the work that they have done. and, in fact, we want to embrace and be joyful about their service. and, at the same time, help them become the civilian members as they leave the military, the civilian members of the community that they can. i think it's all part of our national defense, it's all part of our national security. excellent. barbara, and broaden for us the definition of what a military family is. in the past, we looked at military families as being the spouse of the active duty military service member and their families, but now i
the syrian government is now on the defensive. they are trying to defend itself, trying to find some sort of appeal to stay in power. you hear this time and time again -- they have so much confidence. we have been to syria so many times and they believe even with light weapons, we have seen territorial gains on the ground. they have been able to take territory. but you cannot call it liberated territory simply because everywhere remains a target. syrian fighter jet, artillery. at the end of the day, there are civilians, civilians caught in the crossfire. and anger is growing. people are worried about how will they find bread, fuel. life is becoming increasingly difficult for the people inside. winter, people are called. refugees in neighboring countries. some people are returning simply because life in exile to them is a slow death. they would rather cheat death inside. so, a very gloomy picture. the international community extremely worried about the post-assad days, talking about the possibility of even more chaos. >> thank you very much, indeed. an afghan policeman killed a u.s. contra
government, which has been weakened, it is the assad government, which is on the defensive and it is state that wants a negotiated settlement. the syrian government is just as committed to fighting this war until the end. it says its army is still strong. but its heavy firepower hasn't been able to finish off its opponents and crush the rebels. >> this is the frontline, using tanks, mortars, cluster bombs. you name it. >> neither side has the upper hand militarily and they are not close to negotiating an end to the war either. >> well, the conflict there in syria is expected to be at the top of the agenda at the annual summit of the gulf arab nation. leaders of the g.c.c. countries have arisen for talks. it is expected they will repeat a call for assad to step down. tensions are neighboring iran will also be discussed. egypt's elections committee has said it will announce on tuesday the official results off of votes on the constitution. nearly 2/3 of egyptians voted in favor of the draft charter. >> from the beginning the national salvation front said this constitution does not represent t
's to be a defensive game, keep romo on the field or make them settle for field-goals. >> i agree with the defense. the redskins defense has to have a huge game and put less pressure on rg3. and don -- . >> and don 2345 told us as long as they cover the receivers and stay on romo, they will win. stay healthy and protect the quarterback. there were a lot of haters and cowboys fans stirring the pot, you know, they had a lot to say and we're not going to bother with that up. this is redskins country. thanks to those who come and thank you, lindsay. >> all right. >> see you later on. >>> meanwhile, construction on the washington redskins training camp could begin as soon as next week. they will hold the summer training camp in richmond the next eight years, part of an economic incentive deal they made with virginia. the facility is going to cost $10 million that is going to be built behind the science museum of virginia. there will be two full football folds, a field house with locker and weight rooms, a drill field and spectator areas. >>> at 6, a racy course on the 50 shades of gray is being offered
reports, the president's most recent ask was for 1.2 trillion in revenue, additional savings in defense a hundred billion, that's a come bind total net savings of roughly 3.4 trillion dollars. that's close to what the economist have called for in a package. let me be quick to say what we don't know is how is the alternative minimum tax being treated because that cost about $800 billion to fix. we don't know how the other tax extenders are being treated because that cost another $800 if we're going to extend those provisions. we don't know how the dock fix is being handled because those doctors are going to take a cut of 28% if nothing is done. that cost ability $240 billion over ten years to fix. if all of those things were done an offset that would dramatically reduce the savings of this package. but we don't know. i've heard and read press reports saying that overseas contingency operations, so called war cost are being used as an offset to the minimum tax or perhaps the doc fix and that i've read may amount to as much as $800 billion. so i don't think we have sufficient information t
of defense and the state department and look at 19 high risk posts. >> i didn't want to interrupt, but i have to. so you are going to -- >> yes. >> there were repeated requests to implement security upgrades at tripoli and benghazi. as we look at this report, we know what happened. i would like to know if you intend to put in place a process that would allow for a second review of these requests by another body within the state department? it seems that requests came to one particular individual or desk and it never saw the light of day. >> yes. one of the recommendations -- look at the request and how they are given to us and how we examine those requests. we will learn from incident in libya and be clear about digging into those requests. we have begun to set up individual task to look into this. >> may ask one last question? thank you. how was this decision made and how do we avoid these types of failures for the hiring of contract guards? >> as you know, we relied on -- which we have had for 200 years. we rely on local governments to protect us. we have to do that because we do not have t
to replace secretary of defense leon panetta. joining me now to look at all this: james mann, long-time journalist and author of "the obamians: the struggle inside the white house to redefine american power"; and david ignatius, foreign affairs columnist for the "washington post." david, as we heard the president say, a well-known man around washington and foreign policy circles. what strengths does john kerry bring? >> well, the first is the one the president mentioned. he has stature, he's well-known. he's being doing foreign policy from the senate for almost three decades. he's a person well-known to leaders around the world. the second thing that people don't know as much about is that he served as an emissary for president obama in some very delicate situations. the president sent him to afghanistan to try to make a better relationship with president karzai there. kerry is widely believed to have been a success in that. he was sent to pakistan for similar mission to deal with president zardari. it's less well-known that he conveyed a message, written message to hamas to try to
, for example, if we didn't do this and if we hadn't put defense cuts also on the table and if everything was on discretionary, for example, i don't think we would have gotten anywhere. i don't think the republicans would have even come to the table and would have even ever considered taxes, but i think the reason why they are is because of the defense cuts. it's not that the republicans are opposed to spending. they have no problem spending. it just depends on what we're talking about. if it's spending for defense, they have no problem with that. >> congresswoman, thanks for joining me today. happy holidays to you and to yours. >> thank you. merry christmas to you as well, and congratulations again. >> thank you so much. i appreciate that. >>> so a not so merry christmas for senator mike. a republican from idaho arrested for dui early this morning, and it is the day before christmas. we all know that. it seems more like black friday in certain malls. we're going to tell you about those deals across the country. [ male announcer ] you've reached the age where you don't back down from a ch
rumors former senator chuck hagel is being considered for secretary of defense, we will look at why the debate over his potential nomination could be a, could be rivaled one of the other ambassadors, susan rice. >>> as people struggle to deal with wicked weather, those with heart issues could be facing serious consequences of the we've got tips on how to protect yourself. jamie: i've been waiting all morning for this one because there is growing outrage after a newspaper in upstate new york publish also the names and addresses of every handgun permit holder, not necessarily owners of guns, in their area. it is "the journal news". they first published a map on its website on saturday and names were all obtained legally by the paper under the freedom of information act. the map doesn't indicate whether the residents actually owned handguns as i mentioned. only they're legally able to do so. and the information doesn't pertain to rifles or shotguns which we've heard so much about in the tragic stories over the last couple weeks. those of course can be bought without a permit. we want t
to develop its missile and nuclear programs. u.s. defense department. officials announced the $1.2 billion deal for the global hawk drones and related equipment. the aircraft can fly non-stop for 24 hours and identify objects the size of a golf ball from an altitude of 20,000 meters. u.s. officials say they revised a defense agreement with south korea to allow the sales and share the reconnaissance activity. the u.s. military has four global hawks stationed in guam. it's been urging japan to buy drones citing china's growing presence in regional waters. >>> north koreans celebrate the birthdays of kim jong un's father and grandfather but the young leader's special day hasn't been declared a national holiday. kim was reportedly born on january 8th. a recent 2013 calendar shows the date with simple black characters, but the birth dates of north korea's founder kim il sung and his son kim jong-il appear in large red letters indicating national holidays. experts say kim jong un's birthday isn't being recognized yet. they cite his young age and lack of experience as the country's leader. >>> pe
went home to go to sleep in his own bed. >> accused gunman george zimmerman claims self-defense in a case that sparked international outrage and ignited racial tensions. the trial is set for june. number two -- >> we need rescue inside the auditorium. multiple victims. >> seven down! >> july 20th, just past midnight, terror inside theater nine. >> nine miles east of denver where there was a mass shooting at a movie theater. >> in the end, 12 people killed, 58 others wounded. holmes faces 152 charges. many victims continue to recover, while others will never recover the loss they suffered that night. and number one -- >> unimaginable horror grips the nation in one of the deadliest school shootings in u.s. history. >> tragedy at sandy hook elementary. >> this is unspeakable what happened in this town. >> innocent children shot dead in their classrooms. the victims, . >> emilie's laughter was infectious and all those who had the pleasure to meet her would agree this world is a better place because she has been in it. >> in newtown, connecticut, an outpouring of compassion while the
for what he has done. more details will come from the minister of defense in the new year, including how veterans can apply. i am pleased to tell -- on at the arctic convoys, sir john has recommended that there will be in arctic convoy star medal. i am very pleased that some of the brave men of the arctic convoys will get the recognition they are richly deserved for the dangerous work they did. sir john concluded that they have been treated inconsistently with those who served in fighter command. he has therefore recommended, and i also agree, that the bomber command be awarded a bomber command cross. i pay tribute to the members who campaigned hard over these issues and am glad we have released a resolution that is proper and right. >> ed miliband. >> i want to start by joining the prime minister in paying tribute to the troops in afghanistan who continued to show a huge courage and bravery. it is particularly important at this time of year to remember that and their families, many oftheir families are in all our thoughts. i also want to welcome the government announcement today on redu
for the plat, dean torrance was never charged. when the trial began in february of 1964 the defense took the strategy of blaming the victims to dizzying new heights. >> it was keenan who devised their defense. >> every time i talked to a lawyer it was are you sure this is not a publicity stunt. everybody was sure it was a publicity stunt. that gave me the idea. >> all three had their own lawyers. john irwin's attorney was gladys root is, known for wearing outlandish hats to court. >> she was a piece of. she was. >> she claimed the whole thing was a hoax orchestrated by frank, jr. purely for publicity. in the trial transcript obtained by fox files root labeled the kidnapping an advertising scheme and planned contractual agreement. the sinatra family was outraged. >> i remember it mostly being oh he fended and stunned by -- offended and stunned by the lawyer gladys root. she knew that once you ring that bell it is rung. >> in his opening statement, keenan's lawyer also blamed sinatra saying that "the actions of frank sinatra, jr. are suspect of chicanery from start to finish. >> kidnapping
on everybody and extra cuts on defense. you know he is a professor. he is a lecturer. i think he is accustomed to telling people what he wants them to know and then eliciting a certain response. in the house we have had bipartisan support to extend taxes, deal with a sequester, the things on harry reid's desk. we would like to see action from the president and the senate. >> congressman blackburn thank you very much. great to see you. we hope you have a very merry christmas. >> thank you. >>> this just into our newsroom. new video of an airstrike in syria. a report that dozens have been killed and many more injured in the attack by the government on a bakery in the town of halfaya. that town was recently taken over by rebels. >>> during the budget meeting, they say the u.s. needs to reexamine how the military plays a role in protecting our diplomats. at a time when our country is looming near fiscal cliff and see -- see questions station is around the bend how do you protect? he is a member of the armed services committee from california. congressman, thank you very much for joining us. >> goo
defense is an offense, which means that you have to come more women and children more quickly than the enemy if you want to save yourself. that's what he said in 1930. stewart says that we need to face the cyber threat with the candor of stanley baldwin and only after that then gets lawyers involved in looking at it. i don't think that we can make that kind of threat for couple of reasons. militarily we don't need to do that. to the extent that nation states may present threats to us, our conventional capacity, i don't know a single nation state that is not deterred by our conventional capacity. we are to believe secretary panetta, where the cutting edge. both to radically and cyber we have. when back going to be deterred by any idea that we might launch a cyber attacked or divested civilians and their property. remember, some of these people shoot 14 year-old girls and the head because she's a schoolgirl. there won't be deterred by threatening a bunch of civilians even their own people. what does deter them, however, is when you hold at risk their own personal safety. that is what
? if there's one thing the sequester does, it cuts defense spending, something you would never be able to do. >> i think progressives should do nothing. steve schmidt, john mccain's campaign manager said if mitt romney lost the election, there would be civil war within the republican party. this is what we are seeing now. what was so weird about the last episode is this caucus was in a room which was virtually like fantasyland. they were arguing over a proposal that made no sense and that was going nowhere. it had -- they are like tearing each other apart over it. this is a party that not only i love your line where you said they weren't able to achieve partisanship. this is a party that is no longer capable of governing. >> right. >> you can't let them be part of the process if they are going to behave like that. >> that's the point. if they can't pass a bill that exempted $999,999 of increases, what can they do? >> i think it saved obama from himself. the deal he was offering to bear, to raise taxes on people making $400,000 was a really bad one, right? now we get to come back to a new con
charged. when the trial began in february of 1964 the defense took the strategy of blaming the victims to dizzying new heights. >> it was keenan who devised their defense. >> every time i talked to a lawyer it was are you sure this is not a publicity stunt. everybody was sure it was a publicity stunt. that gave me the idea. >> all three had their own lawyers. john irwin's attorney was gladys root is, known for wearing outlandish hats to court. >> she was a piece of. she was. >> she claimed the whole thing was a hoax orchestrated by frank, jr. purely for publicity. in the trial transcript obtained by fox files root labeled the kidnapping an advertising scheme and planned contractual agreement. the sinatra family was outraged. >> i remember it mostly being oh he fended and stunned by -- offended and stunned by the lawyer gladys root. she knew that once you ring that bell it is rung. >> in his opening statement, keenan's lawyer also blamed sinatra saying that "the actions of frank sinatra, jr. are suspect of chicanery from start to finish. >> kidnapping a a hoax and little, no realization
enthusiastic about the haggle pick, of course, for secretary of defense. what's your reaction there especially after the susan rice fiasco with her nomination? >> i think you are right that there are some democrats who want to have a conversation about some pieces of senator haggle's record. that makes him interesting and good choice he once earned two purple hearts. is he a maverick. his whole career. >> laura: why is that a good thing necessarily? again i'm not trying to be difficult. winning two purple hearts is amazing and we celebrate his honor and service. that doesn't have anything to do with why is he a good choice now when both democrats and republicans seem to have real problems with him. seems odd way floating someone as secretary of defense. >> he has a military background. he has a senate background. he has a cost cutting background. he was a business background. administration background. he comes to the table an independent streak that makes him not part of the partisan bickering in washington that people are sick of. while it's perfectly conversation. mitch mcconnell said our n
and devastating defense cuts will go into effect in 10 days. the house has already passed bills addressing the fiscal cliff. we passed a bill replacing the president's sequestered with irresponsible spending cuts. we did that last may. we passed a bill to stop all the tax hikes on the american people scheduled to take effect january 1, and we did that august 1. and we proposed plans over and over again that democrats used to support but now will not. i do not want taxes to go up, republican do not want texas to go up. but we only when the house. democrats continued to run washington. what the president has proposed so far simply will not do anything to solve our spending problems. he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. and he simply will not deal honestly with entitlement reform and the big issues facing our country. we need significant spending cuts and real tax reform to address our long-term debt problem and pave the way for long-term growth and real growth in jobs in our country. we will continue to work with colleagues in the house and senate on a plan t
today on reducing the number of troops in afghanistan during 2013. we await the defense secretary's statement -- can the prime minister tell the house how many troops and civilians will be left with in afghanistan after the 2014 deadline, and whether they will be there under afghan- led command? >> i join the leader of the opposition in welcoming what our troops do. on afghanistan, we have to decisions to make. first of all, the decision about the drawdown between now and the end of 2013, and what the defense secretary would announce is because of the success of our forces and the afghan national security forces and the fact that we are moving from a man during a battalion level to mentoring at a grade level by the end of 2013, will be able to see troops come home in two steps, leaving about 5200 troops after the end of 2013. compared with the 9000 we have now. it is to pay tribute to the incredible work they have done, many coming back for tour after tour. this book with particularly -- they were impressed by the afghan national sources -- those who i spoke with particularly were
a treaty that says we will come to the defense of japan. but we have defense treaties with many other countries. it does not mean that we agree with the actions of all of our allies. trying to make that differentiation has been very difficult. >> i was wondering what it was like for you personally. you became an instant celebrity in china. people saw you buying your own coffee at starbucks, carrying your own luggage, and they could not imagine -- what was that like? >> it was overwhelming at first. it went viral. the pictures of us in the u.s.a. -- we were not even in china -- somehow when the virus. -- went viral. you were instantly recognized. peddlers and merchants on the great wall, we were asked by everybody for pictures. it was overwhelming, but for a flattering. the chinese have been very warm and gracious. >> how much does it matter to them that your father was born in china? >> it is a source of great pride that i am a chinese-american. my ancestors are all from china. my wife's family is from china as well. >> in some way, they expect you to take the chinese side and all of
with a number of high threat posts. that part of defense boyce five agencies to the assessment teams diplomat and military security experts to the 19 posts and into 13 countries and between the departments very critical times. these teams have provided a road map for addressing the emerging security challenges. we are also partnering with the pentagon to send 35 additional detachments of the marine security guards that's about 235 marines to the medium and high for outposts where they will serve as a visible deterrent to a hostile act. that is on top of the 150 detachments we already deployed. we are aligning resources in the 2013 budget request to address the physical form a devotees and reinforce the structures wherever needed to address the risk from fire. let me add we may need your help to ensure that we have the authority to streamline the usual process that produced faster results. we are seeking to hire more than 150 diplomatic security personnel and increased 5% to provide them with the equipment and training that they need. there is the arb recommended we will target them squarely a
to restore some of the defense cuts they say go just too far. in that quick time period, maybe a week or two, the president can position himself as, sort of the restorer of tax cuts for the middle class and of defense spending. gregg: right. >> thereby, i think, helping to ameliorate some of the problems that democrats faced over past three decades politically. gregg: what of john boehner though? steve latourette, who said, the same 50 or 60 chuckle heads who always screw things up, speaking of the tea party group. >> yeah. gregg: he said it is not really the speaker's fault. is it the speaker's fault? >> well, look, i think boehner was, he is in a bad spot. there are no good outcomes here for republicans. there have been no good policy outcomes for republicans. i watched the steven latourette comment, one of the things that struck me, these are the guys, 50 or 60 chuckle heads came here and screwed things up. the presumption congress was working just fine before they arrived. i would argue that it is nice we have people in congress who are actually serious about looking at the long term con
unemployment tax benefits for 2 million folks still unemployed. delay sequestration cuts for defense until later in the year. >> dave: john boehner on friday says he does not want to limit sequestration unless you also have equal spending cuts. there is no chance of finding an extra 500 billion in spending cuts. not as far as democrats stand. here is harry reid on where the senate democrats stand at the 11th hour. >> if we come up with something, it's not that easy, we are dealing with big numbers some of the stuff we do is very complicated. i think it was a very positive meeting. there was not a lot of hilarity in the meeting. everyone knows how important it is. it took an extended period of time as you know waiting for us. everybody, whatever we come up with, is going to be imperfect. some people aren't going to like it. some people like it less, but that's where we are. and i feel confident that we have an obligation to do the best we can and that was made very clear in the white house. we're going to do the best we can for the caucuses that we have and country that's waiting for us to
plan that involves changing the cost of living adjustment for social security beneficiaries. if defense cuts are on the table, do you believe that entitlement savings should be as well as both sides are trying to say we want to reach the sensible center on this, but either side won't budge? >> well, you know, what you're saying sounds sensible, but it ultimately isn't. the reason why is because we're talking about seniors that live on $22,000 a year and are going to face a $650 cut by the time those seniors get 75 years old. you're saying the poorest of the poor, the most economically vulnerable people on fixed incomes have got to do -- get by with less when the military budget has literally doubled -- more than doubled since 2010. here's the thing. if i -- giving up your one coat if you only have one coat is nott the same as giving up one coat if you have ten coats, right? so what -- so the ekwifl ensy that people are trying to derive here just isn't there because low income seniors have been squeaking by for so -- with so little for so long. that's why we are sort of taking a tough po
.s. that's the assessment of three officials in south korea's defense ministry based on assessment of a part they recovered from one of the rockets. it shows the nuclear neighbor's intent. >>> president obama has not even nominated former senator chuck hagel as his choice for secretary of defense, but haggle taking heat over his past positions on iran and 2007 interview when he said "jewish loe lobby intimidated lawmakers." >> i would have serious questions to ask him, not just about israel, but to me the most significant foreign policy challenge for president obama and our world is iran. nuclear weapons program. chuck hagel has had some very outlying votes on that. >> i don't think he's going to get many republican votes. i like chuck, but his positions, i really didn't know all of them, frankly well out of the main street and to left of the president. >> he is the subject of a new ad opposing his nomination as defense secretary. dana, what do you think? he might not sail through like john kerry. is he going to get the votes you think? >> i think the question is whether or not he
people living in a different world and they are not responsible. i believe in the insanity defense and acquittal on the grounds of insanity. >> daniel patrick moynihan, great american center, public servant, had a simple suggestion. tax the magazines, the bullets. i do not care how many guns they have. if they cannot fire them, they will not kill people. >> state department takes a big hit on benghazi. >> the state of art and had not given benghazi the security both physical and personnel resources it needed. >> former ambassador thomas pickering, former chair of the accountability review board investigated the attack. the report is the result of three resignation so far. i guarantee that is not the end of this debate. >> i feel a little bit as if, you know when somebody is going down the street and they cut someone off. the other guy is curious and the arab driver says, you are right. that is what happened this week. the state department said you are right. it took the wind out of the sales of the republican conspiracy theorists, i think, someonwhat. a hearing on capitol hill was
for the spartans. ranked 24th for the first time in school history with a 10-2 lord. the defensive coordinate a nayer will coach the team in the bowl game. >> its week long deal. they have done a great job preparing but we told them to enjoy the moment. a lot of young guys have looked forward. >> we're finally here and hoping for a bowl game away last year and we were one game away. we have been playing here and everyone has come together and we are ready. >> to nevada. las vegas bowl, boise state and washington. boise state in control early. quarterback and chris potter, 34-yard td. washington cut into that lead. here is 26 of 205 yards rushing. huskies left at the half. he hits the field goal, boise straight wins 28-26 your final. >> warriors with back-to-back beating charlotte and hosting lakers who have beaten golden state 17 of the last 18 times. steve is back in line-up. curry, 89 three's last night. kobe puts the lakers up by 4. great fadeaway. then to the second quarter. derek jack exploded. nothing but net. david lee had a triple double last night and closer to a double-double. right
. >> susan rice. she was fed these phony talking points by the cia. she went on a defensive. and president obama left her, john, twisting slowly, slowly in the wind. she's gone. >> she'll still be our u.n. ambassador, though, pat. i give worst politician to mitt romney who never quite came across as human. and he lost. in part, because of his personality. >> she is going to stand you up, ambassador? >> yes. >> herm an cain again because a man who runs for the presidency who didn't think that his personal life would ultimately blow up presidency. >> does he have a job? >> he does. i don't know that he has -- >> he is a great -- he has a great future in talk-radio, i am sure. >> clarence, something for us? >> yes. worst politician, clint eastwood, although he is a good actor. >> this is very domestic. i will though it out on a larger scale for you. does that help you any, pat? worst politician 2012 egypt's mohammed morsy. heralded as a states man after his role in mediating the gaza cease fire and plunged his country into chaos by grounding him executive of absolute power which caused an
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